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Auction Win: Storage Space and Medical Records

DATA LOSS—U.S.

September 26, 2011

A man intending to buy a storage unit in Alabama inadvertently purchased about 20 boxes of personal medical records, TimesDaily.com reports. The boxes contained patient records from 2002 to 2009 belonging to Digital Diagnostic Imaging, Inc., which is now closed. The Alabama State Board of Medical Examiners' rules and regulations state that the physician retiring or terminating a medical practice is responsible for ensuring that patients "receive reasonable notification and are given the opportunity to arrange for the transfer of their medical records." A board spokesman speculated that it's likely the records belonged to the company, not the physicians, however.
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